There have been plenty of clues pointing to a PlayStation 2 port of Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters, but now I have an official confirmation. Earlier today, I spoke with John Koller, Senior Marketing Manger for the PSP and asked him if such a title exists.
Is Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters being ported to the PlayStation 2?
It is. We have certain big franchise games that launch on PSP that we occasionally bring over to the PS2 to allow console experience as well. That is one game we are going to allow console users to play. We do have a set time limit, though. What we do is what we kind of segregate the PSP audience, allow them the first year or fourteen months of gameplay just on the PSP and we bring it to console after that.
Eventually when the PlayStation 2 fades away will you develop PlayStation Store ports for PSP games?
It remains to be seen how we are going to end up using that. For now there are games available on the PSN now that can be downloaded and that is only going to grow.
Beyond the Ratchet & Clank port I find Sony’s strategy of selecting franchise games as timed PSP exclusives interesting. It’s actually a clever way to prolong the PlayStation 2’s life and capture the casual owners who have yet to purchase a PSP. Perhaps, this news shouldn’t be shocking since Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror and Twisted Metal: Head On originated as PSP titles. However, a new question lingers in my mind, what other games will get PS2 ports. Jeanne D’Arc? Wipeout Pulse? Daxter?